Kerala wicket keeper-batsman Sanju Samson made a case for himself for the upcoming T20s against Bangladesh by hitting a blistering double century as Kerala thrashed Goa by 104 runs in the Elite Group A game of the Vijay Hazare Trophy here on Saturday.
Opting to bat, Kerala lost openers skipper Robin (10) and Vishnu Vinod (7) cheaply and was in a spot of bother at 31-2. But Samson, who struck 21 fours and 10 sixes in his knock, hammered the opposition bowlers.
With this knock, Samson holds the record for the highest Indian List A domestic score, after he went past Karn Kaushal’s 202, scored for Uttarakhand.
Samson is the eighth Indian to score a double hundred in List A cricket. His is also the highest score by a wicket-keeper in List A matches, surpassing 209 by Abid Ali.
Also Samson hit the fastest List A 200 by an Indian, (in 129 balls). He also became the first Indian to score a list A 200 at number three position.
Samson and two-down Sachin Baby (127 off 135 balls) conjured a massive 338-run stand for the third wicket.
Baby struck seven boundaries and four sixes. The partnership of 338 between Samson and Baby is a new List A record for the third wicket, as they went past the 309-run stand between Tim Curtis and Tom Moody for Worcestershire in 1994. Samson thus made a case for himself and played a timely knock, with Rishabh Pant struggling and the future of veteran stumper-batsman M S Dhoni uncertain.
Brief Scores: Kerala 377/3 (Sanju Samson 212*, Sachin Baby 127) beat Goa 153/3 (Tunish Sawkar 56, Aditya Kaushik 50*; Sandeep Warrior 1-22)